Months of hard work paid off Wednesday night as the nine ladies of the 2018 Miss Universe Barbados pageant received their awards at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre for the Prize Giving Ceremony.
As the girls huddled at their table exchanging hugs, taking pictures and breaking into bouts of laughter, it was hard to believe that it was only last Saturday night they shared the same stage, each one vying for the title of Miss Universe Barbados.
Managing Director of the Miss Universe Barbados franchise Brian Green indicated that the quality of the pageant has risen this year as the two-hour production was broadcast across the Caribbean and Latin America, attracting approximately four million viewers.
“We put together a product that felt like it was done in North America,” Green remarked.
The national director also commended the girls for their camaraderie and poise throughout the competition. He referred to the nine contestants as prime examples of the island’s crème de la crème.
“You consistently hear how Barbadian youth are this and how Barbadian youth are that, but this is what Barbadian youth is, and this is what we would be emulating and promoting,” Green continued.
Director of Media Relations Gaynelle Marshall also called for more support for the pageant nationally. Marshall revealed that since the reign of Barbados’ newest queen, Megghan Theobalds, sponsors were flooding in. However, she contended for Barbados to be staunchly recognized at the international pageant, there needed to be more investment in the franchise.
“It is important that it is understood because that is the only way we can keep the franchise alive and consistently have a seat at the table. The more unbroken years you have, [the greater the] credibility… It is just a matter of time… that they recognize that Barbados is ready to have a seat at the table,” said Marshall.
The six feet, one inch Theobalds, who is a 26-year-old customer service representative at Gildan, received approximately $100, 000 in prizes.
This included a wardrobe for all official functions styled by Attitude Boutique and Life & Style, two months’ worth of bento boxes from Scott’s Catering & Bento Box, pageantology training with former Miss USA winners Shandy Finesse and Suzi Castillo, one year’s worth of free dry cleaning from Simply Distinctive, professional Miss Universe training with Miss Universe official trainer Lu Sierra, professional portfolio shoots from Nigel Wallace Photography, one year’s makeup services from Mandy Cummins, two pairs of designer eye wear from Eye Focus Inc., dinner for two at The Cliff, 15 pairs of shoes from Crown Events, five custom gowns from Luci Lu Creations, a selection of couture gowns for use at Miss Universe from Vanglorious Brides, one year’s gym membership from Bassabassa Gym, wardrobe for Miss Universe from Pink Lemonade, one year’s spa services from Bansuri Spa, all-expense paid trips to New York and Ohio and more.
Also receiving their prizes were first runner up Shari Samuel who is also Miss Photogenic, second runner up Megghan Michael who received Cast Spirit, and Racquel Harewood who won People’s Choice and Miss Congeniality.
Although they did not make it to the top three, Amber Reid received a prize for Fiercest Walk, Danika Haynes was awarded as Most Fashionable, and Semone Shepherd received the Most Improved title. (KK)